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January 2018 Visa Bulletin: Moderate Movement of Cutoff Dates

2018-01-23
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Overall movement in the January 2018 bulletin is modest. China (mainland-born) and Other Workers, however, had the biggest movements.

Reading the January 2018 Visa Bulletin

The January 2018 Visa Bulletin shows both the Dates for Filing Visa Application and the Final Action Dates.

While the Dates for Filing Visa Application shows when immigrants can file their immigrant visas or applications for adjustments of status, the Application Final Action Dates shows when immigrant visas or applications for adjustments of status can be approved and permanent residence approved.

As such, foreign nationals who want to file applications for adjustment of status have to use the Final Action Dates unless indicated otherwise on the USCIS site.

In addition, in order to file for an EB (employment-based) adjustment application in the month of January 2018, individuals must have a priority date earlier than that stated in the visa bulletin. Of course, the date has to match the individual’s country and preference category.

 

 

Employment-Based Visa Dates :

 

Application Final Action Dates(Employment-Based Preference Cases)

 

EB-1

For the EB-1, the final action dates remained current for all chargeable nations including for China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, and the Philippines.

EB-2

For the EB-2, China witnessed a movement of about a month to August 8, 2013, while India’s priority date moved to November 22, 2008, which is a movement of 21 days. For the rest of the chargeabilityareas, the dates remained current.

EB-3

For the EB-3, the final action date for China advanced 5 weeks to April 15, 2014. The final action date for India also moved about 2 weeks to November 1, 2006. In a similar fashion, the cutoff date for the Philippines moved by 4 weeks to February 15, 2016. All other chargeable nations remained current.

EB-4

The final action date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras advanced about 3 weeks to December 1, 2015. In a similar fashion, the cutoff date for Mexico moved to June 1, 2016. All other chargeable nations remained current.

 

Dates for Filing Visa Applications(Employment-Based Preference Cases)

EB-1

For the EB-1, the dates for filing cutoffs remained current for all chargeable nations including for China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, and the Philippines.

EB-2

For the EB-2, china’s date for filing is November 15, 2013, while the date for filing for India is February 8, 2009. The dates for filing cutoffs remained current for the rest of the chargeability areas.

EB-3

For the EB-3, the date for filing for China is September 1, 2015. The date for filing for India is January 1, 2008. All other chargeable nations remained current.

EB-4

The date for filing for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras is April 15, 2016. Just like the filing dates of the EB-3 applications, all other chargeable nations remained current.

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Visa Dates :

Final Action Dates (Family-Sponsored Preference Cases)

F1

For the F1, the final action dates advanced about 6 weeks to March 15, 2011, for all chargeable nations (including China, and India) except for Mexico, and the Philippines. For Mexico, the final action date is May 1, 1996. For the Philippines, the final action date remained the same at January 1, 2005.

F2A

For the F2A, Mexico had a movement of about a month and a week to January 1, 2016, while the rest of the chargeable world (including China, India, and the Philippines), the dates about a month and a week to February 1, 2016.

F2B

For the F2B, the final action dates advanced about a week to December 1, 2010, for all chargeable nations (including China, and India) except for Mexico, and the Philippines. For Mexico, the priority date is August 15, 1996. Just like for the F1 date, the F2B priority date remained the same at July 1, 2006, for the Philippines.

F3

Mexico had a priority date of June 15, 1996, while the Philippines had a final action date of March 15, 1995. Following the trend of the F1, and F2 preference cases, all the other chargeability areas including China and India had an F3 final action date of October 8, 2005. This is an advance of a month.

F4

With the F4 final action dates, Mexico had a movement of about 3 weeks to November 1, 1997, and the Philippines had a movement of a month to September 1, 1994, while India had a final action date of December 15, 2003. For the rest of the chargeability areas including China, the final action date is June 22, 2004.

 

Dates for Filing Visa Applications (Family-Sponsored Preference Cases)

 

F1

For the F1 the dates for filing cutoff is January 1, 2012, for all chargeable nations (including China and India) except otherwise stated. For Mexico, it is November 1, 1994, and for the Philippines, it is October 1, 2007.

F2A

For the F1 the cutoff is November 1, 2016, for all chargeable nations (including China, India, Mexico and the Philippines).

F2B

For the F2B the dates for filing cutoff is September 1, 2011, for all chargeable nations (including China and India) except otherwise stated. For Mexico, it is January 1, 1997, and for the Philippines, it is September 1, 2007.

F3

The date for filing for all chargeable nations (including China and India) except otherwise stated is December 1, 2005. For Mexico, the date is October 1, 1995. Finally, for the Philippines, the date is June 15, 1995.

F4

The date for filing for all chargeable nations (including China) except otherwise stated is November 15, 2004. For India, the date is June 22, 2004. For Mexico, the date is February 8, 1998. Finally, for the Philippines, the date is March 1, 1995.

January 2018 Visa BulletinTables : 

Employment-Based Visa Dates : 

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Final Action Dates (Employment-Based Preference Cases)

 

EMPLOYMENT-          BASED PREFERENCES  

China 

(Mainland)

El Salvador,
Guatemala,  
and Honduras

    India

Mexico

The Philippines

All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

 

EB-1

 

Current

 

Current

 

Current

 

Current

 

Current

 

Current

EB-2

August 8, 2013              (was July 1, 2013)

Current

November 22, 2008           (was    November 1, 2008) 

Current

Current

Current

EB-3

April 15, 2014        (was March 8, 2014) 

Current

November 1, 2006               (was October 15, 2006)

Current

February 15, 2016         (was January 15, 2016)

Current

Other Workers

December 22, 2006 (was July 1, 2006)

Current

November 1, 2006                (was October 15, 2006)

Current

February 15, 2016        (was January 15, 2016)

Current

EB-4

Current

December 1, 2015        (was November 8, 2015)

Current

June 1, 2016                (was April  22, 2016)

Current

Current

 

 

Dates for Filing Visa Application (Employment-Based Preference Cases)

 

EB

China (Mainland)

El Salvador,
Guatemala,
and Honduras

 India

Mexico

The Philippines

                 All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

EB-1

Current

Current

  Current

Current

Current

   Current

EB-2

November 15, 2013

Current

February 8, 2009

Current

Current

   Current

EB-3

September 1, 2015   

Current

January 1, 2008  

Current   

  August 1, 2016

    Current

Other Workers

June 1, 2008

Current

January 1, 2008

Current

August 1, 2016

    Current

EB-4

Current

April 15, 2016

Current

Current

Current

    Current

 

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Visa Dates

 

Final Action Dates (Family-Sponsored Preference Cases)

 

Family-
Sponsored 

China (Mainland)

India

Mexico

The Philippines 

All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

F1

March 15, 2011 (was February 1, 2011)

March 15, 2011 (was February 1, 2011)

May 1, 1996 (was April 1, 1996)

January 1, 2005 (remained the same)

March 15, 2011 (was February 1, 2011)

F2A

February 1, 2016 (was December 22, 2015)

February 1, 2016 (was December 22, 2015)

January 1, 2016 (was November 15, 2015)

February 1, 2016 (was December 22, 2015)

February 1, 2016 (was December 22, 2015)

F2B

December 1, 2010 (was November 22, 2010)

December 1, 2010 (was November 22, 2010)

August 15, 1996 (was July 22, 1996)

July 1, 2006 (remained the same)

December 1, 2010 (was November 22, 2010)

F3

October 8, 2005 (was September 8, 2005)

October 8, 2005 (was September 8, 2005)

June 15, 1995 (was May 22, 1995)

March 15, 1995 (was March 8, 1995)

October 8, 2005 (was September 8, 2005)

F4

June 22, 2004 (was June 8, 2004)

December 15, 2003 (was November 22, 2003)

November 1, 1997 (was October 8, 1997)

September 1, 1994 (was August 1, 1994)

June 22, 2004 (was June 8, 2004)

 

 

Dates for Filing Visa Applications (Family-Sponsored Preference Cases)

 

Family-
Sponsored 

China (Mainland)

India

Mexico

The Philippines 

All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

F1

January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012

November 1, 1994

October 1, 2007

January 1, 2012

F2A

November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

F2B

September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

January 1, 1997

September 1, 2007

September 1, 2011

F3

December 1, 2005

December 1, 2005

October 1, 1995

June 15, 1995

December 1, 2005

F4

November 15, 2004

June 22, 2004

February 8, 1998

March 1, 1995

November 15, 2004

Sources

  1. Travel.state.gov. (2018). Visa Bulletin For January 2018. 

 

 

 

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